A-COLD-WALL’s SS18 collections showed just how far streetwear has come over the past few years, both on and off the runway, with a clear shift from bespoke tailoring, the 3-piece-suits, high-neck sweaters and leather briefcases we’re so used to seeing during men’s fashion weeks in Paris, Milan, and London.
Designer Samuel Ross takes a stance on this changing climate, not only in this collection, but the entire show; the models carry supermarket baskets filled with paper, which flies out and settles on the catwalk. A leather file box serves as a bag and a boat hat is accessorised with a protective PVC veil.
Samuel Ross’s designs play an invaluable role in razing traditional barriers in a world that finds itself increasingly vulnerable to the dangers of the categorizations of race, religion, and culture. His SS18 reflects the tension between the freedom of childhood and the banality of the workplace. These two opposites show that fashion is no longer a matter of class, as much as it stands out against the backdrop of Brexit and the rise of Trump.
The collection featured pale PVC coats and tailored tracksuit trousers, nylon raincoats, jackets draped over cut-out hoodies in flashes of primary colours, finished off with sweatbands and laceless trainers.